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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 4, 2008 6:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In defense of Donna Jean

Very true about her studio work. She actually CAN sing, and in tune, when you check some of it out (and there's an especially nice tune she did w/Jerry never released on an official album--her back up on "the way you do the things you do" is terrific.

She's also better w/JGB than w/the Dead and maybe that has to do w/the amt. she could hear on stage.

None of which excuses her for ruining certain songs in the 70's most notably (as I've pointed out) "Stella Blue".

Just compare her singing "Shiiiiine!" to ANY version w/Brent and you'll see what I mean.

Like many things, she's not quite as bad as people say, but I don't think--objectively--she was very good either.